David Moyes has discussed West Ham’s transfer plans, as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says Jesse Lingard has a ‘good part to play’ at Manchester United this season.
West Ham have had a quiet transfer window so far this summer, with the loan signing of Alphonse Areola and permanent capture of Craig Dawson – who spent last term on loan at the London Stadium – the club’s only business to date.
The Hammers have been linked with various forward additions in recent weeks with Michail Antonio the club’s sole recognised option, whilst centre-backs including Kurt Zouma and Nikola Milenkovic have been named recently as reported targets.
Moyes says he is keen to conduct ‘more business’ before the transfer window closes on August 31, insisting his side are working hard behind the scenes as they prepare for a ‘challenging season’ that includes involvement in the Europa League.
“I hope to do some more business,” Moyes said ahead of West Ham’s clash with Leicester.
“We’ve been trying hard and we’re trying to add to a good group of players and give ourselves some more options at different times. We know we’ve got a challenging season ahead of us, but an exciting one. In this business, there are no guarantees.”
One player who has been linked with the Hammers is Jesse Lingard, who starred during a loan spell with the club over the second half of last season.
The 28-year-old scored nine goals in 16 appearances to help West Ham secure continental qualification, but Moyes insists questions over Lingard’s future should be directed to Manchester United.
“The questions are not for me – they’re for Manchester United. We enjoyed having him but in my mind he’s at Manchester United and it’s not for us to discuss.”
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer discussed the midfielder at his pre-match press conference ahead of this weekend’s clash between the Red Devils and Southampton.
Lingard is understood to be prepared to ask for an exit if he is not guaranteed regular football this season, though Solskjaer insisted the midfielder has a part to play for United this season.
“Jesse’s first priority is to get into our team. I think we together can have great moments.
“Of course, as a manager, it’s difficult to say that this weekend you’re not playing. I’ve got to leave players out from the squad as well as the starting XI but they all need to remember they will all play a part if we are going to be successful.
“Jesse is back to his fitness and has come back bubbly and in good shape so he has a good part to play.”